NGO sponsors 27 footballers in Bauchi
By Rita Michael
A non-govermetal orgnization, Senathan Ventures, is to sponsor about 27
talented local footballers from Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State to enable them become professional players.
The group’s Chairman, Solomon Bukata Solomon, disclosed this to
newsmen during the maiden edition of the Senathan Youth Football
competition held at Tafawa Balewa.
Bukata said that his organisation in collaboration with FIFA-licensed agents would assist grassroots youths in the northern Nigeria to develop into
professionals that would use their talents to bring honour
and development to their country.
He said: “I see that we have a lot of talents in the north but they don’t have opportunities to play in the national team and outside the
“For example, in our recent World Cup qualifying match with Cameroon, there was no single northern footballer in the first 11 that started the match, and that was another factor that prompted this competition.
“We want to make sure that those selected are properly groomed to play
in bigger leagues both home and abroad.
“It is capital intensive but we will try our best to support their
careers to succeed and it is our hope that they will someday play in
the country’s shirts or in well-established leagues in Europe and
He called on the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable
Yakubu Dogara; Senate President Bukola Saraki and other prominent
northern leaders to enact policies and laws to develop the abundant human resources of the country.
Bukata said: “When people are in poverty, our leaders have not done anything.
“I call on Dogara and Saraki and other prominent people from the north to invest in football. Find out these talents and develop them to make sure that they contribute their part to development.”
Bukara, who was once a footballer, regretted that many footballers
wasted their talents because there was no support and advised those who want to take to sports to work hard and continue to train
and retrain to achieve their goal and never to give up.
“We have discovered 27 players, those that can play in the U-17, in
the U-20 and in our professional leagues. We will try to develop them and see how we can make them excel.”
He said that they were coming up with a talent hunt exhibition in December
which will give room for people from the area to showcase their talents, adding, “we will see how we can help and support them both male and female. The talent exhibition is for you to come and show
what you can do music, dance.
A FIFA licensed agent, Yusuf Garba, who attended the event, regretted
that although there is abundant talent from the grassroots, there is hardly any support to discover and nurture them.
“I will advise politician to invest their money on these youths by
organising programmes that will discover their talents,” he said.
He commended Senathan for giving room for players to get a source of
livelihood saying the gesture would assist them in reaching their goals and to cater for themselves and their families.